Employment Flexibility Index 2018

12 December 2017

Denmark, the UK, and Ireland are the leading countries in the 2018 edition of LFMI’s Employment Flexibility Index. Portugal, Luxembourg, and France are the most rigid labour markets within the EU28.

The data covers a set of labour regulation indicators on hiring, working hours as well as redundancy rules and costs to rank OECD and EU countries. Rigidity is often associated with negative economic outcomes, including lower labour market participation and higher unemployment, a two-tier labour market, lower productivity as well as reduced job creation and labour mobility.

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